I recently received an invitation from a male pastor who I did not previously know. He expressed familiarity with my ministry, which is feminist, and in which I use inclusive language as a normative practice (although he did not acknowledge those aspects). When I preach I use a combination of some gender neutral for God and the people of God and some explicitly feminine for both: "We are women and men made in Her image."What advice would you offer to Anonymous? Let us know in the comments!
The invitation is for a celebration of women in his congregation. I am welcome to use any text - they are not a lectionary church. But for my information he sent me some promotional material about the event. They are celebrating women as "being made in His image." I don't have to preach from Gen 1:26-27, but I think I will. I was a bit mystified by the clear openness to a feminist preacher yet normative use of male language in the congregation.
Also, they have moved from KJV to NRSV which is a big deal in their context. (They are Baptist and in the South, but not affiliated with the Southern Baptists.) And the PR shared he is moving towards making a Deacon's Board with women and men with the same responsibilities. He's also inviting one of his feminist seminary professors to come in several weeks after me for congregational teaching.
I'm curious how much inclusive language work (gender neutral and/or explicitly feminine, particularly for God) members of RevGals would do in this situation.